In Crystal River, Florida, Scott Wallis had read Mr Johnson’s prophecies on Facebook and was encouraged by them. He trusted Mr Johnson in part, he said, because of two recent prophecies that had turned out to be true, including one about the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the World Series. (Mr Johnson reported the prophecy two days before the team won the championship.)
For Mr. Wallis, pastor and prophet himself, it made perfect sense that God would be involved in the outcome of the American election, just as he is involved in every human life. “Some people, like deists, believe that God created the earth but abandoned people and left them alone,” Wallis said. “I don’t believe that. When a friend prophesied to him in 2014 that he would get married soon, he didn’t even have a girlfriend, but he was married by the end of the year.
The internet has made it much easier for prophets to broadcast their visions, with many other media available to them: social media, podcasts, books, and a traditional media ecosystem that remains largely under the radar, even for many other evangelicals. An appearance on “It’s Supernatural !,” an interview show hosted by octogenarian televangelist Sid Roth, can be a career for the prophets. The same goes for an endorsement of the venerable Elijah List newsletter, which claims 240,000 subscribers. Charisma magazine and the Christian Broadcasting Network both cover prophetic predictions as news.
Jennifer Eivaz, who calls herself “The Praying Prophet”, realized in college that she could hear the voice of God in a way she could “prove.” When she and her husband started running a church in central California, she dreamed and received specific information about who attended. She was careful not to scare people off, she said, often choosing to learn from them rather than launching into specific predictions or glimpses of their lives.
She also began recording training videos on prayer and prophecy, which caught the attention of Steve Shultz, who founded The Elijah List and invited her to contribute. As her profile increased, she became a sought-after speaker around the world at events with names such as the Inner Healing and Deliverance Institute and the Prophetic Wisdom & Prayer Conference, where believers pay for themselves. come together for music, prophecy and inspiration.
Ms. Eivaz occasionally offers public prophecies on national or international events. In May 2015, she announced that the multi-year drought in California was over and “the rains were returning.” The message linked the experience of the biblical prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel; Ms. Eivaz’s recent trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California; a vision of a mother bear fighting for her cubs; the flag of the State of California; and Governor Gavin Newsom. (The drought did not officially end until 2017, although the state experienced unusually high rainfall during the summer of 2015.)
But these kinds of visions only come to her once a year or two, she says. She observed with concern that such predictive prophecies have come to dominate the prophetic movement. “It’s like shopping,” she said, adding that social media rewards “buzz and sensationalism” over wisdom, and presses Independent Prophets in particular to produce new predictions every few days.